National Veteran Awareness Ride Visits Nebraska Veterans Home

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- As several motorcyclists travel across the country, they stopped at the Nebraska Veterans Home Saturday evening.

Riders from all over the U.S. gathered in Sacramento, Calif. last Tuesday to embark on their travels. They will ride across the country until they get to Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day.

Every day, riders stop at least one to three times at different vets homes, hospitals and schools to talk to kids, civilians and vets.

"A lot of these folks, particularly in the veterans homes, don't get a whole lot of visitors. Some of the folks in the hospitals have had a tough time of it. We want to stop in and say hello. We want to say, 'Thank you,' and we want to hold their hand and just talk and just chat for a little bit," said National Veterans Awareness Organization president Jerry Conner.

Since the Nebraska Veterans Home is so rich in history, many vets say it's an important stop for the riders to make.